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Public Administration

Advisor: Professor Walter Huber

The Public Administration major prepares students to enter the public and nonprofit sector of the economy. Public administration can be distinguished from private administration in at least three ways: public managers are expected to operate in the best interest of the public at all times, public managers should evaluate success measured against social profit instead of economic profit, and the public managers should be subject to checks by the public since their work is conducted in the public eye for the benefit of the public. Understanding the field of public administration and providing students the tools necessary to be successful after graduation requires students understand both the environment public administration occurs in and the field of study, develop advanced skills, learn appropriate technical skills, and get meaningful training and experience in research and in the field.

Major (42 Hours)

     Requirements: (36 hours)

  • ACCT 201
  • ECON 215, 216
  • ENGL 201 or 202
  • GEOG 310
  • IDIS 250 (3 hours) or 300, 490
  • POLS 121, 321, 322, 323 or 325 or 326, 341

      Cognate Area: (6 upper level hours)

Students are required to secure approval from the Chair of the Department for a course of study that will enhance their preparation in Public Administration. (For example students who have an interest in historic districts might choose History, those interested in grant writing might find English to be helpful, and those interested in Parks and Recreation might find Health Science or Biology appropriate. Students may NOT choose Political Science as a cognate area.)